August 5th, 2008
06:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Hollywood megastar to host fundraiser for Obama

(CNN)—Academy award winning actor George Clooney is set to host a fundraiser for Barack Obama in Switzerland next month.

The event, taking place on the evening of September 2 in Geneva, Switzerland will be split into two parts: a reception and a dinner. According to Obama’s National Finance Committee, tickets for the reception where Clooney will speak are going for $1,000, followed by a dinner at the home of NFC member Charles Adams for $10,000 a plate. Space for the dinner is limited to 75 guests.

Clooney made headlines in February when he told CNN he was hesitant to campaign for the presumptive Democratic nominee, calling it a ‘slippery slope.’

“I feel that at times you can harm the person that you are trying to help,” Clooney told CNN’s Kiran Chetry in reference to campaigning for Obama. “I don’t want to damage anybody.”

Watch: Clooney won't stump for Obama

The Academy Award winning actor officially endorsed Obama early last year calling him a ‘rock star.’ Clooney compared him to the likes of John and Robert Kennedy saying, “Few people in my lifetime, that I’ve heard speak made me want to get up and do something,” but cautioned, “I don’t want to hurt him by saying that.”

Although next months fundraiser is taking place overseas, the campaign specified only U.S. Citizens with a passport will be allowed to contribute to the campaign.


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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Informed Voter

    Thanks Clooney!!!!!

    Democrats 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD INVITE MCCLUELESS.

    YOU NEVER KNOW, WHO HE WILL WAKE UP THAT MORNING.

    ON THAT DAY HE MIGHT WAKE UP A DEMOCRAT, & MAKE

    A GOOD CONTRIBUTION. HE HAS DONE ODDER THINGS.

    August 5, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Sue/PA

    WOW..........................now thats what I call a PARTY......

    GO DEMOCRATS!!!!!!

    Thanks George!!!!

    Obama 08/12

    August 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. USA FOR OBAMA

    Hurray for George Clooney. Bill Clinton should step up to the plate, too.

    August 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. TN FOR OBAMA

    OBama inspires us ALL!!

    I could NOT vote for a man who MOCKS fellow Americans.

    Ohhh-BAMA

    Ohhh-EIGHT

    Ohhh-BAMA

    OOOHHHHH – YYYEEEAAAHHHHHH!

    August 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Gobama

    But Obama is not a "rock star"... right?

    August 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA

    YEA CLOONEY, MANY THANKS !!!

    I COULD SAY THAT IN APPRECIATION I WILL GO

    TO SEE ONE OF YOU MOVIES, BUT THAT WOULD

    BE VERY REPUBLICAN OF ME. DON'T WANT TO

    GET COUGH DOING THAT. I USUALLY SEE YOUR

    MOVIES TWO OR THREE TIMES BEFORE VIDEO RELEASE.

    GREAT ACTOR, EVEN GREATER HUMAN BEING.

    KUDOS TO YOU SIR.

    August 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Used2bdemocrat

    Will looney have paris and britney there as well?

    August 5, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Filipina

    You ROCK George Clooney,,,YES WE CAN!!!!

    August 5, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. If it looks like a duck

    If it walks with the megastars and it talks like the megastars and it looks like the megastars... maybe it is a megastar...

    Or maybe Obama is only a quacking duck.

    So why the uproar over the McCain ad for implying/ saying just this?

    August 5, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. yns

    How funny it would be if there was a ROLL CALL at the Demoncrat Convention and then Hillary got the nomination!

    August 5, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. gary

    CLOONEY YOUR ANOTHER MEDIACLOWN. YOU TWO MAKE A PAIR.

    August 5, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Greg

    Clooney always seemed to be one of the more intelligent stars in Hollywood. He just made it perfectly clear that he's an idiot when it comes to politics.

    August 5, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. We luv black celebrities

    Here comes the rock star/ pop idol thing again.

    Obama wants it both ways: court the pop idol image and exploit it for appeal and votes.
    then whine and
    Criticize anyone who mentions that he is fueled by star power and not by accomplishements and track record.

    August 5, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUDS

    Yes, invite McClueless so he can fly his and Cindy's private jet – the one that uses fuel like it's a dime a gallon... maybe for them it is. (It'd be interesting to see if CNN finally posts one of my comments)

    August 5, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Bro for bro

    Just because Obama is liked by big stars the stupid ignorant rascists think he is a rock star.

    Just trailer trash talking.

    Obama is the leader man.

    The bro for the future of this land.

    August 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Celebrity endorsements awlays backfire

    Uh oh. Obama probably doesn't need this. Hopefully the money raised will counteract the queasy reaction this kind of thing tends to invoke in the electorate.

    August 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. BigO

    CLooney and ObamaLooney, what a pair!

    Clooney who lives in a villa in Italy will hold a fundraiser in Switzerland for Obama? I would like to know exactly how much of BHO's campaign funds come from foreign sources?

    Anyone from any country could have donated to BHO over the internet right? How much from islamic nations? Wouldn't it be great for the muslims of the world to witness the US elect a President who has Hussein in the name? Barack is not Swahili but Arabic (Baraka).

    Clooney of course is so in touch with Americans that the fundraiser will be in Switzerland? Elitists!

    August 5, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. tt

    lame.

    August 5, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Gobama

    McCain is jealous because Obama is beautiful and he is an old white guy.

    The rock star power of Obama overshadows McCain.

    Obama is the super duper rock star America needs.

    August 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Obama4ever

    Switzerland?

    Wow.

    I love celebrity presidents.

    August 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Trasa, Texas

    Thanks George!!

    Obama needs all the help and MONEY he can get to defeat McSnooze. Keep raising George!

    August 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Luis

    OMG what a moron………….

    Welcome to the Third World America. This is the promise of the media created false Messiah .

    This imposter is clueless, can't hold a position more than 24 hours, is completely unqualified to lead even a McDonald franchise and hangs out with scum like Wright, Farrakahn, Ayers, Ludacris and Rezko.
    He has stated he wished he could rid himself of his "white blood" (read his writings if you dare) and will be eaten alive by the enemies of America. His child-like views on foriegn policy and the economy ensure our descent into also-ran status.

    Great job DNC of "selecting" your candidate over the objection of Michigan, Florida and the will of 18 million Billary voters. Another brilliant strategic plan by Howard (Yeehaww) Dean and the DNC.

    It was great to be on top for so long. Liberals, get ready for a wake up call if this Manchurian candidate gets in…..

    Vote McCain or join the insane………….

    August 5, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Proud American

    George Clooney has 100 times more common sense than McCain.

    August 5, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Phanton of the Oprah

    Megastar appeal...

    Exploit it... then pretend that it is a fabricated distraction.

    August 5, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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